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Tour of Turkey 15 Days/14 Nights

Brief Itinerary:
Day 01
- Arrive Istanbul.
Day 02
- Old City Tour.
Day 03
- Princes' Islands Tour
Day 04
- Bosphorus Cruise.
Day 05
- Cappadocia Tour.
Day 06
- Cappadocia Tour.
Day 07 -
Cappadocia Tour.
Day 08
- Fly to Izmir.
Day 09
- Ephesus Tour.
Day 10
- Pamukale Tour.
Day 11
- Pergamon Tour.
Day 12
- Fly to Antalya.
Day 13
- Antalya Tour.
Day 14
- Fly to Istanbul.
Day 15 - Depart Turkey.


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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 - Istanbul
Transfer from the airport to your hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 - Istanbul (B, L)
Full Day Old City Tour:
Pick up from your hotel to visit Topkapi Palace, with royal treasury and elegant four courts. After lunch, proceed to the Hagia Sophia, a great Byzantine architectural masterpiece, whose interior is resplendent with golden mosaics. Then admire the delicate design and Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque. Explore the ancient Roman Hippodrome with Egyptian Obelisk and Serpentine Column. Finally, stop off at the dazzling Grand Bazaar with over 4000 shops. Drop off to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3 - Istanbul  (B)
Full Day Princes’ Island Tour:
Pick up at the hotel. Cruise by public ferry or private Zoe Yacht to one of the Princes' Islands, Buyukada (Big Island), which served as a place of exile for disgraced princes in days gone by. Today it is a quiet sea front town and summer holiday escape from the city. Upon arrival to the island, you can see the lavish Ottoman mansions and other beautiful Victorian summer villas. There are colorful fruit trees, beautiful gardens, wooded areas and exotic flowers to be seen everywhere. Enjoy some free time for lunch in a cozy sea-side fish restaurant, relax in a cafe looking back at the domes and minarets among skyscrapers of modern Istanbul's skyline, take a stroll in the village or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour (not included) - one of the islands only means of transport, for motor-vehicles are strictly prohibited. This a perfect day for relaxing and enjoying one of Istanbul's residents' favorite summer retreats. Return cruise and drop off to hotel.Overnight Istanbul.

Day 4 - Istanbul  (B)
Half Day Bosphorus Cruise Tour:
Pick up from your hotel to visit the bustling Spice Market - a colorful bazaar heaped with various sweets and spices. Stop into the beautifully tiled tiny Rustem Pasha Mosque before taking a relaxing Bosphorus Cruise (by public ferry or by private Zoe Yacht) between the continents of Europe and Asia - gliding past Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, ornate wooden Ottoman mansions and mosques, Rumeli Fortress and the Bosphorus Bridge. Afternoon at your leisure. Transfer to the airport. Fly to Cappadocia. Overnight Cappadocia.

Day 5 - Cappadocia (B, L)
Full Day Cappadocia Tour:
Morning transfer to Istanbul airport. Fly to Cappadocia. Transfer to Cappadocia. Start with a gentle walk through orchards, unusual volcanic rock formations and rock-cut houses at Red & Rose Valley. Visit the old Christian Village of Cavusin, followed by lunch and then an excursion to Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon, visit Kaymakli Underground City, which hid local Christians from Arab invaders, Ortahisar Castle and Mustafapasa Greek village. Drop off to hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 6 - Cappadocia (B, L)
Full Day Cappadocia Tour:
Pick up from your hotel to explore Devrent and Monk's Valley, to see the extraordinary mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles or 'fairy chimneys'. Continue on to the small village of Avanos, famous for clay pottery design. After lunch, proceed to the Goreme Open Air Museum, featuring the most impressive rock-carved churches and Byzantine frescoes in all Cappadocia. Finally enjoy a view of the moonscape valleys from the rock-perched natural Citadel at Uchisar. Drop off to hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 7 - Cappadocia  (B)
Free day in Cappadocia (or optional extra tour of Cappadocia). Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 8 - Cappadocia-Kusadasi (B)
Airport transfer. Fly to Izmir. Airport transfer. Free afternoon. Overnight Kusadasi/Selcuk/Izmir.

Day 9 – Kusadasi (B, L)
Full Day Ephesus Tour:
Pick up from your hotel to visit Ephesus. Begin the tour at the House of Virgin Mary, where she spent her final years. Explore the marble white ancient city of Ephesus, with spectacular monuments, such as the Library of Celsus, Agora, Odeon, Trajan Fountain, Domitianus Temple, Theater and Roman Latrines. After lunch, visit the Archaeology Museum and St. John's Basilica.
Drop off to hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi/Selcuk/Izmir.

Day 10 - Kusadasi  (B, L)
Pamukkale & Hieropolis Tour
Pick up at your hotel. Drive to Pamukkale or 'Cotton Castle' (approx. 2.5 hours drive each way), famous for the healing properties of its thermal mineral baths and beautiful cascading snow-white terraced cliff side basins and waterfalls. After lunch, visit the ancient Roman city ruins of Hierapolis. See the magnificently preserved Necropolis, Avenue of Tombs, Gates, Thermal Baths, Devil's Hole and the Masterpiece Theater. Return drive and drop off to hotel. Overnight Kusadasi/Selcuk/Izmir.

Day 11 - Kusadasi  (B)
Free day to relax (or optional extra tour of Pergamon). Overnight Kusadasi/Selcuk/Izmir.

Day 12 - Kusadasi – Antalya (B)
Antalya - Free afternoon
Transfer to Izmir airport and fly to Antalya. Transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon at your leisure to relax in Antalya.
Overnight in Antalya.

Day 13 – Antalya (B)
Antalya - Free day
(or Extra Trip Option: Aspendos, Perge, Antalya Museum & City Tour)’
Day at your leisure in Antalya, or please ask for an extra tour.
Overnight in Antalya.

Day 14 - Antalya-Istanbul (B)
Istanbul - Free afternoon
Transfer to Antalya Airport. Fly back to Istanbul. Transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at your leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 15 – Istanbul (B)
Transfer from the hotel to the airport. Departure.


Schedule:
Departure dates guaranteed every day all year around for this tour.

Package Prices:
Please ask for your best prices

Prices based on double/twin-room occupancy at selected properties.
Subject to selected dates, availability at time of booking and advance booking.
If travelling with any children under 12 years, please email us
with their date of birth to determine their age at time of travel.


What's Included:
* All nights B&B at a choice of selected 3/4/5 star or boutique hotels.
* All sightseeing tours of the places mentioned in the program.
* All tours with professional licensed English-speaking guidance.
* All transport with new air-conditioned deluxe vehicles.
* All meals where shown in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner).
* All airport transfers throughout the trip.
* All parking fees, ferry, tolls and petrol.
* All entrance fees.
* All taxes

Not Included:
*  International airfare to Turkey.
*  Domestic flight tickets (will be quoted separately). Domestic flights are operated by Turkish Air, Atlasjet, SunExpress, OnurAir, PegasusAir, AnadoluJet and SkyAirlines.

*Drinks, travel insurance, visas, personal expenses, porters, optional tips